Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.

A Political Tectonic Shift

by Oui Mon Aug 21st, 2023 at 07:17:54 AM EST

New party founded by Pieter Omtzigt Nieuw Sociaal Contract poised to become the largest ... more to come.


Dirty political game by Mark Rutte - Wopke Hoekstra - Sigrid Kaag ... all three will end their political career after the coming election ... good riddance ‼️

Pieter Omtzigt launches new party, says he won't be PM | Dutch News - Aug. 20, 2023 |
A social movement I could support ...

A theoretical change in parliament seats …

VVD 20 (-14)
D66 7 (-17)
CDA 4 (-11)

Opposition party Geert Wilders
PVV 10 (-7)

Labour/Green Left stay stable as does the Animal Rights party.

The new Farmers Protest party BBB of Van der Plas would lose more than half of their votes to Pieter Omtzigt, yet polls at 11 seats.

Shock Election Loss Rutte IV In Senate Race | March 16,;2023 |

PROLOGUE: events leading up to Rutte’s misfortune:

The End of Mark Rutte? | April 1, 2021 | 😂 no kidding … April Fools Day

Caught in a damn BIG LIE! ... Trump and Johnson equivalence:

    "I have no memory of it"
    ~ Mark Rutte 2021 @MinPres

    How can you forget coalition conversations?
How can you still be active at all as
Prime Minister when you forget things so quickly.

    Resign and go!

Coalition talks Rutte IV: “get rid of Omtzigt”

I have waited years for the moment this lying ass gets what he deserves ...

NOS News: Party Leaders Astounded

Mark Rutte: Survivor of Dutch politics in fight for political life | Reuters |

The crisis arose after documents showed that in government formation talks Rutte had discussed a possible new job for a prominent member of parliament who had been critical of his previous Cabinet. Rutte had previously said he did not do so.

“The only thing I can do here is say from the bottom of my heart, my toes, say what happened, what went well, what went wrong, that I never lied,” [🤥🤥🤥] Rutte said in parliament.

Rutte, 54, a conservative who has been in office for more than 10 years, pointed to his record and said he hoped to continue leading the country.

On March 25, talks on forming a new government were abruptly put on hold when one negotiator, rushing out of parliament after learning she had tested positive for the coronavirus, unwittingly revealed a sensitive document to a news photographer.

The document showed negotiators were discussing a position “elsewhere” for popular MP Pieter Omtzigt, a prominent critic of Rutte’s previous Cabinet, though Omtzigt’s Christian Democrats were part of the ruling coalition. The cryptic remark has been interpreted as implying outside parliament or outside the Netherlands.

About Populism, Geert Wilders and the PPV, fishing in the same pond of rightwing voters … Mark Rutte in 2021:

Rutte: “If the PVV becomes the largest, you will get International attention” | WNL - Arch 16, 2021 |

When the PVV becomes the largest party in the Netherlands, “of course you are on the alert internationally”. That is what VVD party leader Mark Rutte says in Good morning Netherlands on NPO 1. "Of course you don't want to wake up the next morning and see that the PVV is the largest party in the Netherlands," said Rutte.

According to the outgoing prime minister, Europe and the United States will look at the Netherlands with suspicion if the PVV wins. “That was also a risk in 2017. At the time I also called it the 'quarter-final against the wrong kind of populism'," says Rutte. “Then we had elected Trump in America, we were the next election and then France and Germany came.”


Populism in itself is not wrong, emphasizes the VVD party leader. “We are all politicians who try to convince as many voters as possible of our vision of the future of the Netherlands,” he says. “The wrong kind of populism is when you scare people, when you don't speak to hope but to fear and when you magnify problems and don't try to solve them.”

Mark Rutte is gone and his successor with Kurdish roots would welcome co-operation with PPV party of Geert Wilders …

Decision made: Omtzigt starts new party | BNR rightwing Radio |

(Former CDA) Independent Member of Parliament Pieter Omtzigt has made the long-awaited decision and announced that he will participate in the parliamentary elections on 22 November with a new political party. Under the name New Social Contract, Omtzigt is on the electoral list in November.

And that is a game changer, thinks political reporter Leendert Beekman. 'At least that's how it is experienced in political The Hague,' he says. 'We eagerly awaited the clarity around Omtzigt.'

"This is a game changer"

The reason it is a game changer is because Omtzigt 'has the gift' to conjure up voices from everywhere, Beekman expects. 'From the SP to the VVD, he appeals to all voters', says Beekman. 'All parties will therefore have to take Omtzigt and his new party into account.'

Brand awareness

Omtzigt's name recognition also plays a significant role. Beekman compares it to the brand awareness of the new CDA leader, Henri Bontenbal. 'That's important, because if people have to vote for you, they have to know who you are', Beekman continues. 'And if you start with a great name recognition, you really have an advantage over someone like Bontenbal.'

Governance culture

Although the party program is not yet completely finished, according to Beekman there are already two important points that Omtzigt - in the event of a possible election win - will get to work. 'The administrative culture, about which we have heard a lot from him, must change in The Hague', concludes Beekman. 'That then concerns the way in which the government communicates with politicians and citizens. Omtzigt may even want to adjust the electoral system.'

The second point is the social security of the Netherlands and its inhabitants.

Another subject that Omtzigt is known for, says Beekman. 'Think of the benefits scandal, of course,' he concludes. 'But he draws it wider; Omtzigt believes that there should be social security for everyone. In addition, he says that it is not appropriate that 400,000 are dependent on the food bank. Those are the points that stand out, and what Omtzigt wants to do further, we will have to read in the election program when it is available.'

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 21st, 2023 at 11:21:10 AM EST
Adherence to the Dutch Constitution and strengthening Parliamentary democracy by limiting acting PM in a role as President, he is not. The shameful backlog of 390,000 houses is the cause of people's lives being paused and creates a lot of stress in households, frustration and violence. The run-away flexibility in labor contracts was perhaps a solution during the financial crisis of 2008-2009, but has also turned out negative for employees who can't start a career with job security, starting a family and get into a position to buy a house and lend a mortgage.

A fair income is demanded to feed your family and participate in society so that your kids are not left behind. Omtzigt is much ore focused on the local community, taking responsibility for safety of children and prevent street violence. Not repression and more "Law and Order" flown over from Hollywood USA. The VVD and Mrs. Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius live in a by-gone era of New York crime ... her pro-Israel bias and Turkish-Kurdish roots maybe reason for her personal development. It will be a non-starter in this election ... the voter is not awaiting a Rutte V scenario, script nor rhetoric. Dutch voter will be looking for content and who will be trustworthy. The VVD and Dilan will lead the pack from behind. She already spread lies and disinformation. A new apparition of VVD member Ayaan Hirsi Ali ... getting along well with Geert Wilders ... has she been living under a rock in Amsterdam?

The Nine Lives of Dutch PM Mark Rutte

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 21st, 2023 at 11:23:21 AM EST
[ Parent ]
In the last decade, the CDA profiled itself as a governing party, closing gap to rightwing policy of the VVD and personified in its appointed [!] leader Wopke Hoekstra after the party refused to accept the popular Pieter Omtzigt.

There was little difference in Rutte IV cabinet policy and party program of the VVD, the distinction where Christian Democrats stood for vanished. Losing members and massive election losses, seems to have hit home ... much too late. The party of Dries Van Agt and Ruud Lubbers is no more ...

The new leader by default clearly opts to return to its centrist position ... a bit of the introduction by Bontenbal.

Our choice the center to bring people together

I attach great importance to the exemplary function of the House of Representatives. Our behavior matters. Many residents of the Netherlands have little faith in politicians, research shows time and time again. This has to do with the behavior in the House of Representatives. But also with fake news and conspiracy theories, the insults and full and half threats. It not only leads to an increasingly toxic political climate, but also to a society under high tension.

That is why the CDA deliberately opts for the middle: thorough, nuanced and substantiated. We do not magnify contradictions for our own gain, but always try to find connections and support for feasible solutions. We stand for a politics of the common good over the partial interests of groups. That is not boring, but much needed.

Ruud Lubbers already said that the political center is not an end in itself, but the concrete result of craftsmanship, advocacy and tolerance. That is our job as CDA. In the middle of the people. In the middle of every city and every village. In the middle of the associations and organizations that make our society possible. Midway between street and state. In the middle you don't have to shout, provoke or polarize to be heard. That's not our style.

Fortunately, most people are in that middle: a large silent majority, who do not watch a talk show every evening or are shouting loudly in the newspaper. They are the police officers on the street, the teachers in front of the classroom, the informal carers, the neighborhood fathers in the neighborhood and the volunteers behind the bar in the football canteen. The people who do the right thing by themselves and are not seen and recognized enough for that. The middle groups that support society and look after the other. We are there for them. Out of conviction and out of the realization that without them society would fall apart like loose sand.

If you are too busy with yourself, you don't see the other person enough. This has become painfully clear in recent years. That is why the problems of the Groningen people penetrated politically in The Hague so late. That is why the benefit parents were not seen for a long time. That is why Remkes had to be involved in seeing the desperation in the eyes of very reasonable people. Being seen: that is what large parts of our society have been missing.

That is also why we as CDA have started with living room conversations in the country. Out of sight of the cameras, our ministers and members of parliament go into the country to talk to people at home, and above all to listen.

That is why I called for a substantive election campaign. No political theatre, no blackening and shouting. Let all parties put their best ideas on the table. Then the voter can make a judgment on 22 November.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 21st, 2023 at 01:45:53 PM EST
The choices made under PM Ruud Lubbers and election results ...

Cabinet Lubbers III 1989-1994)

Years of economic tough times going into a global recession 1992 ... two party government CDA 54 seats and Labour 49 seats ... representing 69% majority in Parliament. Lubbers advocate of tri-partite consultation of government-- employers confederation VNO-NCW - Labor Unions or the Third Way.

Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award to Drs. Ruud Lubbers in 1995

Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers received the International Four Freedoms Award. He received the award for his excellent work as a political leader in the Netherlands and his efforts to improve Western European-American relations and make the European Union stronger. And for his contributions to the World Trade Agreements (GATT) and his help in rebuilding the energy resources of the former Soviet Union?

Came across another interesting bilateral session in The Hague...

1983 Sep 19 -- Margaret Thatcher in Joint Press Conference with Dutch Prime Minister (Ruud Lubbers)

Agriculture, Defence (general), Defence (arms control), European Union (general), European Union Budget, Foreign policy (International organizations), Foreign policy (Middle East), Foreign policy (USSR & successor states), Foreign policy (Western Europe - non-EU), Science & technology ESTEC/ESA in Noordwijk

Later years ...

Margaret Thatcher and Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers were subjected to two days of French and German bullying, Kohl thumping the table, Chirac shouting ... topics EU expansion with Spain and Portugal plus concept monetary union (EMU).

EC: The political implications of European economic integration | Dec. 1991 |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 21st, 2023 at 01:55:02 PM EST
[ Parent ]

It is not the first time that caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte does not remember something very well. A compilation.

All incidents of lies 🤥🤥 have been covered by me ... and many more 😡

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 21st, 2023 at 08:26:33 PM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 08:33:53 AM EST
Timmermans has official resigned from his EC-VP office and plans to campaign for PM in the homeland. Has he a constituency or chance in hell to snatch the top office? This sacrifice did not work out well for The Tusk in Poland.
by Cat on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 01:57:23 PM EST
Timmermans will be mauled by the Dutch press with leading media clearly rightwing ... bull$hit - disinformation - warmongering ... so very sad.

Timmermans will have a negative effect on the joint list election result ... the joint list had a good chance to become the largest party to take initiative in coalition talks.

Frans Timmermans, intended party leader of PvdA-GL, will campaign at the expense of the European taxpayer.(redundancy pay scheme)

This year the voters are looking for change voting for a new party BBB, the farmers protest was leading. Omtzigt new party will shave voters away across the full spectrum ... a missed chance for a combined Left.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 04:35:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 11:14:43 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Dutch foreign minister is the 'right man' to fill European Commission post, prime minister says, 25 Aug
...Rutte's ruling coalition proposed Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra as the new Dutch representative to the commission after Timmermans, 62, resigned Tuesday as the climate czar and [a] vice president of the European Union's executive arm.

Hoekstra told reporters before a Dutch Cabinet meeting Friday that it would be difficult to leave the Ministry of Foreign Affairs while war is raging in Ukraine "but nobody is indispensable."...

< wipes tears >
by Cat on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 05:38:07 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Conservative Tory Mark Rutte dropping a rightwing McKinsey consultant to manage EU Climate Change decisions ... representative to UNFCCC at the fall Cop 28 in Abu Dhabi ... a farce ... EU parliamentarians will object as Frans Timmermans was Labour-party in a Green Coalition ... the Dutch lobby for corporate power in the UAE ...

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 05:57:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Recalling how many MEPs objected to J. Borrell in 2019...
< wipes tears >
I'll take the under.
by Cat on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 06:10:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Greens warn right-wing coalitions will ruin climate policies | June 6, 2023 |

The Greens seek to fight the rise of right-wing governments across the EU and a conservative majority in the EU parliament by facilitating a credible alternative, but it will be a tricky mission.

The Greens' "main political risk at the national level and European level" is the rise of right-wing coalitions in member states' governments and in the EU Parliament, which would be a "total disaster", European Green Party Co-chair Mélanie Vogel told EURACTIV in a party congress in Vienna on 3-4 June.

"This is the risk in Spain and that this model that you see in Italy, in Sweden, to be seen in Finland, in a way you can also say in France", Vogel added.

If this model were replicated in more member states, Vogel affirms, "all progressive laws on climate policies and social justice, but also on the democratic structure of the EU, would be endangered".

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 06:33:52 PM EST
[ Parent ]
EU lawmakers promise rough ride for Hoekstra, remembering north-south economic storm over coronavirus

At the time, Hoekstra's calls for an investigation into the budgetary difficulties faced by southern European countries to cope with the economic fallout prompted an angry reaction from Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and others. 

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 06:35:14 PM EST
[ Parent ]
S&Ds confirm claim to climate portfolio as Dutch government set to nominate controversial Commissioner candidate

Reacting to news reports that the outgoing Dutch government of Mark Rutte will today nominate foreign minister Wopke Hoekstra as its candidate to be the country's next European Commissioner, the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament state:

"As First Vice-President of the Commission - and responsible for the Green Deal - Frans Timmermans took on an inspiring, herculean and pivotal role to translate Europe's climate ambitions into policies protecting people and the planet. We hope Europe's loss will be the Netherlands' gain.

Despite Frans Timmermans' departure, we will continue working to ensure that Europe transforms into a climate-neutral continent through a fair transition, leaving no one behind.

"Against the backdrop of the conservative EPP's recent cynical and populist manoeuvres to water-down the Green Deal and derail key legislative files such as the nature restauration law, it is crucial for our Group that the climate portfolio remains in the hands of the Socialists and Democrats family.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 06:36:38 PM EST
[ Parent ]
ELECTION 2024 gonna be EPIC!
by Cat on Fri Aug 25th, 2023 at 06:47:41 PM EST
[ Parent ]

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 23rd, 2023 at 06:22:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Omtzigt (NSC) 31 seats
Green Left / Labour 28 seats
VVD of Mark Rutte 22 seats (-12)
D'66 Sigrid Kaag. 7 seats (-17)
CDA Wopke Hoekstra  3 seats (-12)

Present coalition loses 42 seats ... a bit late for me, but a clear total failure of Rutte IV ... a stretched out Rutte III. Is Brussels waiting for any of these flunked politicians?

Voters want these elections to be about the housing market

Many voters (45%) believe that the upcoming elections should be about the housing market (affordable housing, renting). Other socio-economic issues (health care, poverty alleviation, social services) are also frequently mentioned, as are immigration and asylum (all mentioned by a third party). Climate change drops to 5th position: 27% consider this important.

In July, we saw that immigration and asylum (at 36%) were - for the first time - the top topic for voters. That study was conducted shortly after the government fell over family reunification for asylum seekers, giving the subject momentum. In the meantime, both Omtzigt and Timmermans have presented themselves and they pay a lot of attention to socio-economic subjects such as social security, poverty, housing and care. This may explain why the top 5 already looks so different now than a month and a half ago: the political leaders use their spearheads to determine what the attention is focused on, voters are sensitive to this.

  • NSC voters find the housing market the most important, followed by poverty reduction, health care and immigration/asylum.
  • PvdA/GL voters mainly believe that the campaign should be about climate change, followed by poverty reduction and the housing market.
  • VVD voters want to talk about immigration/asylum, housing, security and - more than other voters - economy/government finances.
  • BBB voters attach the most importance to housing, healthcare and immigration.
    The subjects of agriculture, nature and nitrogen are not thorny issues at the moment.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sat Aug 26th, 2023 at 06:43:32 AM EST
Student life under the radar of national news ...

Brawl during Nijmegen intro event is not an isolated incident

Three people have been arrested following a brawl that broke out at the introduction market for new students in Nijmegen. Members of the right-wing nationalist student organisation GNSV were injured in the incident.

Politics: Fascists welcome, communists banned

Information markets for first-year students always host all kinds of clubs, student corps and associations, as well as local branches of idealistic organisations eager to recruit new members. The same applies to political parties, which sometimes leads to political conflicts.

Last year, the Communist Youth Movement of The Netherlands was not welcome at the information market in Utrecht because it allegedly had the wrong position on the war in Ukraine. This turned out to be a misconception as it had actually condemned the Russian invasion. It received apologies from the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and Utrecht University, and are once again welcome this year.

On the other hand, the Forum for Democracy (FvD) did have a stand at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam market last year, which many people found objectionable. A local student union denounced the party as fascist, racist, Islamophobic and homophobic. Rector Jeroen Geurts was unaware that the FvD would have a stand there, but he was also unsure if he could ban the party. After all, GroenLinks was also there. Enquiries have confirmed that political parties are no longer allowed to be present at the information market at all anymore.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 27th, 2023 at 05:21:55 AM EST

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 27th, 2023 at 05:24:54 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Lower tuition fees for Ukrainian refugees and students who already studied here

Normally, a higher fee applies to students from outside the European Economic Area, and therefore also to Ukrainian students. This amount differs per programme but is a minimum of €9,900 per year.

Specifically eligible are `students who have fled from Ukraine with a displaced person status on the basis of the European Temporary Protection Directive (this includes so-called third-country nationals) and students from Ukraine who at the time of the outbreak of the war were studying at one of the fourteen public Dutch universities and are currently still residing in the Netherlands'.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 27th, 2023 at 05:43:59 AM EST
Tuition 2023-2024 possibly higher than last year | RefugeeHelp |

As a Ukrainian student in the Netherlands, you will probably pay more tuition fees starting in September. This academic year, colleges and universities charged a lower fee for refugees from Ukraine. For next academic year, schools will not do this as standard.

Ukrainian refugees who want to study at a Dutch university will have to pay the tuition for non-European students in the upcoming academic year. That is the cost of the course, roughly between 10,000 and 15,000 euros per year, the reports.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 27th, 2023 at 05:44:42 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Mark Rutte: only our F-16s are free of charge .. lethal status makes a difference.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 27th, 2023 at 05:48:00 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Ever since the Biden Blitzkrieg across Europe, basic energy price has gone over the top multiple times and in a variety of ways. Last winter and during this year, the consumers are somewhat protected by a "price cap" as the government subsidizes retail energy suppliers for purchasing gas and electricity from producers at a high price, above what the today's markt price is. Germany has an agreement with energy suppliers to limit the selling price to consumers. Not in a free market festival introduced by the conservatives of the VVD under thirteen years of greed capitalism by PM Mark Rutte.

After over a year that suppliers would only offer contracts with "flexible" prices and screw consumers who had nowhere to go. The price cap offering is about at a three-fold level of January 2022 ... the extreme price of December 2021 was just behind us. Fortunately I got an offer for a 3-year contract mid-January 2022 ... so I could survive the price onslaught. In past three years, many house owners invested in solar panels at a rate leading Europe.

Stedin and TenneT should invest in the high-voltage grid ... they have not and supply is in a very bad shape. The large corporations and data centers for the Amazons, Alphabet, Google and Microsoft get priority on solar and wind energy at ridiculous low prices.

This summer the energy suppliers announced a surcharge of between €20 and €40 each month for homeowners with solar panels. They went further ... as there are offerings for multiple year energy contracts, except as soon as you check the box "solar panels" all offerings are limited to maximum one year contract with build in extra surcharge for returning electricity to the grid. Damn criminals ... this really infuriates me as there are no consumer rights or possibility to take this monopoly to court.  

Just before dismissal of Rutte IV, new legislation protects energy suppliers costing consumers their rights to shop for a better price ...

If the corporate lobby in The Hague didn't do enough damage, these pricing demands will guarantee higher profits for the damn fossil fuel corporations and intermediaries.

Eneco slashing rate paid for excess solar panel energy | NL Times - Aug. 24, 2023 |

Eneco is cutting the compensation for solar panel owners that feed electricity back into the power grid. From September 5, they'll get 9 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh).

The compensation cut means that solar panel owners with an expensive energy contract will get hundreds of euros less per year for their excess energy. About a quarter of the 1.8 million households with solar panels annually generate 900 kWh more than they need.

Present offer for any new consumer contract is 40 cents per kWh. Per 1 January 2024, there will be no price cap at all .... fucking moron politicians Rutte IV in The Hague. These are mob practices ... extortion.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Aug 27th, 2023 at 08:19:35 PM EST
MEP Esther De Lange tipped as successor for position Dutch Minister of War to replace Wopke Hoekstra. The musical chairs for top positions elsewhere has started for the group of flunkies in caretaker Cabinet Rutte IV.

Searching her qualifications in times of war ...

Peace In Europe Is History | Brussels New |

"Mommy, if Putin is going to use nuclear weapons, will they be the first to come to Brussels?". That question was asked by European Parliamentarian Esther de Lange (CDA). [loyal supporter of maelstrom in Brussels]

It was a tough week, the MEP and leader of the CDA in Europe tells Laurens Boven and Harmen van der Veen in podcast De Binnenkamer. "Each European generation had its own war, but that was a thing of the past until recently," she says.

A campaign letter

It is the reason that De Lange ever entered politics: to guard against the obviousness of a safe Europe, she says. Before a previous election campaign, she reluctantly wrote a public letter to her son about this. "You're four, and you're on vacation." While he plays on the beach in Normandy, she thinks of the liberation battle that took place there during the Second World War. "For your grandparents' generation, working together in Europe was primarily a matter of peace."

Peace and security

That conversation about peace war and security is now back, De Lange notes: "the conference on the Future of Europe suddenly takes on a completely different meaning".

What does it mean to be an MEP during a war? It is partly carrying out concrete actions, reviewing laws and partly symbolic politics. Even though Ukraine cannot immediately become a member of the EU, "the first answer is yes," says De Lange. "At the plenary meeting you want to show: Ukrainians are dying for European values".

Yet Ukraine cannot be unconditionally supported. It is too dangerous to involve the country in the European Union and NATO now, says De Lange. And when the Council of Ministers met to discuss the inclusion of refugees, a discussion arose about people who lived in Ukraine, but did not come from there. "We don't really want that, said a few member states," says De Lange.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Aug 31st, 2023 at 05:59:35 PM EST
For the first time a female leader and of dual nationality. Turks by birth and Dutch after family reunion in the 1980s made possible by lenient policy under PM Ruud Lubbers of the Christian Democrats. Certainly a left-wing progressive policy for labor migrants from Morocco and Turkey.

Dilan Yeşilgöz-Zegerius official party leader VVD Conservative, rightwing in Dutch politics. Mark Rutte is finishing as caretaker prime-minister hoping his dynasty of 13 years will be continued. His pro-business, pro-Nordic EU states, full support of NATO aggression on the Eastern Front, has ended in total chaos and failure. The EU got screwed into a NATO proxy war following a Blitzkrieg and bullying by U.S. President Biden.

Using immigration as a reason to upend Rutte IV after 18 months and the party believes immigration is a priority issue? NO it is not, it is a policy of dividing the nation, renew conflicts and open old wounds. Immigration was an issue of 2015 [see a courageous Angela Merkel] with the influx of millions of Syrian war refugees as NATO was supporting jihadists and foreign terrorists to overthrow Bashar al-Assad. Truly hope the anger of the Dutch masses will see her as a lying VVD leader  and send her party into opposition seats.

Many VVD voters will return to the party of Geert Wilders as Mark Rutte had adopted his main talking points. Both Dilan and Geert are strongly biased pro-Israel ... pro fascism. See my three part diaries in July ...

 Excellent report from Berkeley 2022 ...

The Canadian Islamophobia Industry: Mapping Islamophobia's Ecosystem in the Great White North

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 10:53:50 AM EST
Aiming for top position, successor to her "boss" Mark Rutte who is leaving in disgrace. The First Lady in "het Torentje" in the heart of Dutch politics ... would be very refreshing indeed. By definition the start of change in Dutch politics ... looks quite promising. Dilan needs to leave by a sharp right turn through the backdoor.

Omtzigt: Dismissal of Mona Keijzer by Rutte in violation of regulations | Politics - Sept. 26, 2021 |

The summary dismissal of CDA State Secretary Mona Keijzer (Economic Affairs and Climate), Mark Rutte, goes against the rules of procedure of the Council of Ministers. Something like that really only fits in a presidential system. That says former CDA member Pieter Omtzigt, who now forms a one-man faction in the House of Representatives.

Apparently a Prime Minister can pick up the phone and fire ministers and secretaries of state without a cabinet decision. Alone, by phone. But that's strange," Omtzigt said in a tweet. "The regulations are clear: the Prime Minister may propose resignation, but it is up to the Council of Ministers to deliberate and decide. So that didn't happen."

According to the Government Information Service (RVD), Rutte 'with the consent of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate, and after consultation with the three deputy prime ministers' nominated Keijzer for dismissal, with immediate effect. King Willem-Alexander subsequently dismissed the outgoing State Secretary 'in the most honorable way'.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 06:07:26 PM EST
In football it is the day of suspense for the last minute transfers ... same happened in The Hague. A day of surprises ...

One person party BBB of farmers protest introduced three experience MPs from a broad range of parties: rightwing JA21 - PVV and biggest scoop as leading lady for position of Prime Minister, former prominent CDA member Mr. Drs. Mona Keizer.

Who is Mona Keizer - X-Twitter account

Dutch protesters march through The Hague against 'corona pass' | The Guardian - 25 Sept. 2021 |

PM sacks minister who questioned new policy requiring proof of vaccination or negative test in public venues

Coming general election will be a repeat of March provincial for Senate representation. It will be a people's protest against the failures of cabinet Rutte IV and the lack of leadership causing inequality and deep problems in Dutch society. True change in mindset is needed ...

Farmers party BoerBurgerBeweging (BBB) has named Mona Keijzer as prime minister candidate for the upcoming elections scheduled on November 22

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 1st, 2023 at 06:45:12 PM EST
[ Parent ]
My election forecast ...

Electorate VVD-PPV  40 seats
Joined list Green Party - Labour 22-28 seats
Liberals D66  10-14 seats
New parties BBB Van der Plas - NSC Omtzigt 44-50 seats
Small parties PvdD-Volt-SP 15-20 seats
Religious parties CU-SGP  stable 8 seats
Rest parties

Opinion polling for the 2023 Dutch general election

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 2nd, 2023 at 08:23:55 AM EST
[ Parent ]
I&O seat poll: Voters enthusiastic about New Social Contract | 26 Aug. |

Voters welcomed the entrance of Omtzigt's new party, New Social Contract, with enthusiasm. If elections were to take place now, the party could count on approximately 31 seats. Voters who now lean towards NSC do so mainly because of their admiration for Omtzigt. PvdA/GroenLinks follows with 28 virtual seats, while VVD now has 22. According to the I&O Research seat poll of August.

The NSC party of Omtzigt will not seek to become the largest and will not participate in all districts ... very preliminary prognosis as many new party leaders and party programs have just been released.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Sep 2nd, 2023 at 05:05:03 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Mark Rutte: North's quiet rebel | Politico - June 8, 2018 |

The Dutch prime minister leads the backlash against pragmatic, prudent anti-populists. ⁉️ [ridiculous .. Rutte is the most effective leading opportunist in politics and populism - no political view for Dutch society]

Angela Merkel may have closed the coffin lid on Emmanuel Macron's EU reform plans, but it was Mark Rutte who dug the grave.

Before the chancellor said France (and the rest of the eurozone) could forget any lingering hope that Germany will pursue a great leap forward in eurozone integration, the Dutch prime minister was leading the charge against exactly the same thing.

He's assembled a group of like-minded, smaller EU nations wary of measures that could force them to ask more of their taxpayers. And as one of the EU's elder statesmen, Rutte's at the forefront.

Credited with breaking the populist wave by fending off his far-right challenger Geert Wilders in a national election last spring, Rutte, 51, has since emerged as the most prominent liberal voice on the European Council -- and a top contender to replace Donald Tusk as its president in 2019.

In the shorter term, however, the Dutch leader -- prime minister since 2010 -- needs allies now that the U.K. is heading out the door. With Brexit, the Netherlands is losing a partner it has long relied upon to uphold a free-trade, market-liberal, fiscally strict vision of the EU.

Rutte's solution: To forge links with Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -- and push back against the French and the Germans.

Commentators have had great fun coming up with names for the Dutch-led alliance: the Hanseatic League 2.0; the North Sea Alliance; the Gang of Eight; the countries not occupied by the Roman Empire; Mark Rutte and the Seven Dwarves; the beer drinkers (as opposed to the wine drinkers of the south).

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 3rd, 2023 at 08:39:21 AM EST
For anyone it becomes clear Mark Rutte has a personal stake in foreign policy and a strong leader representing Nordic and Baltic states in a stronger NATO and in aggression against Russia and Putin. A next career position in the EU is out of the question as he made too many enemies ... so Rutte aligned his ambition with London and Washington DC ... hoping to land a position as SG of NATO to succeed his friend Jens Stoltenberg. Hell ... war happens and people die ... shrugs shoulders ... strong supporter of Trump and Johnson to let Covid-19 fly and do its thing ... herd immunity hits the elderly hardest, but they already have one foot in the grave anyway. No big economic loss. AI predicts. Technocrat with as much empathy for people as a robot. Compulsive liar ... could shake hands with Tony Blair. Poor memory and deleted all digital messages as Prime Minister.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 3rd, 2023 at 08:42:16 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Does Rutte have a big enough stash and more donors to start a new career as executive director of three foundations and a tinkie tank or two?
by Cat on Mon Sep 4th, 2023 at 01:28:05 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Cat on Tue Sep 5th, 2023 at 02:40:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
13 Years of Conservative Rule under rightwing Mark Rutte has ended in deep misery.

Violent anti-lockdown protesters are idiots, says Dutch PM | The Guardian |

Mark Rutte condemns `pure violence' at protests over weekend, as thousands also gather in Brussels

So Rutte took his "presidential" power to fire Mrs. Mona Keijzer (CDA)from his cabinet.  Mona Keijzer has ended her prominent membership of the Christian Democrats and has joined the Farmers Party of Caroline van der Plas (BBB) and a potential candidate for Prime Minister and enter "het Torentje".

    Shots fired in The Netherlands on driving farmers. No self-defence, this is just escalation on behalf of the Dutch 'government'. True colours are all out. #boerenprotesten #politiegeweld #DutchFoodYourFood

    Rightwing governments will fail and hopefully fall to a more social-democratic leadership who will refuse to fight proxy wars for the empires still about.

    The unrest in The Netherlands has led to PM Rutte live firing at the farmer protest which by itself was a culmination of years of anger and poor communication of policy ...

    My diary - EU Spring Uprising 2022 | June 6, 2022 |

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 3rd, 2023 at 08:45:11 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Van Vertrouwenscrisis naar Noaberstaat

Old local custom of neighbours helping one another "noaberschap" or "naburen" literally neighbour, people close-by.

"De gedachte van barmhartige hulpverlening bezielt daar heden nog in bijzondere gevallen de dorpsgemeenschap."

"The idea of compassionate assistance still inspires the village community in special cases."

The headlines picked up by national news broadcast indicates a swing to the extreme right ... limit for asylum seekers at 15,000 annually. Completely foolhardy and more extreme than both VVD under Mark Rutte and the PVV of Geert Wilders.

From Crisis In Trust to A State for Ordinary People [Dutch]

This choice will make competition on the right and far right in Dutch politics quite stiff. It will likely not expand the electorate of an estimated total of  70 seats ... close to 50% of Dutch parliament. In The Netherlands the space of AfD has already been well covered.

Quite disappointing for the new movement ... more negatives than bringing renewal and a return to progressive policy. The Dutch got stuck in xenophobia and Islamophobia ...  not mentioning Russophobia under Mark Rutte.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 10th, 2023 at 09:22:27 AM EST
Dutch citizens heard the plans for 2023-2024 from caretaker cabinet of Mark Rutte. The statement made by King Willem Alexander was clearly a speech about the legacy of thirteen years Mark Rutte as Conservative VVD leader, a divisive Prime Minister w ho was not available for lower income groups, human rights, green energy transition and security of livelihood.

In the speech by the King there was no mention of The Netherlands and the City of The Hague as the universal city of Peace.

Prepared speech to members of the nation's joint legislature the Senate and Lower House Parliament

1. Introduction

Members of the States General,

Ten years ago I was allowed to deliver the Speech from the Throne for the first time in your midst. Ten years that I look back on with gratitude. Some events were poignant and raw with sadness, such as the attack on flight MH17. At other times, emotion went hand in hand with healing and connection, such as this year on July 1, during the commemoration of the abolition of slavery. Of course I think of the corona period, which had such a profound impact on everyone's personal lives. And of course I think of the war in Ukraine. It is moments and events like this that will forever remain part of our history and that are etched in your and my memory.

In addition, there were the hundreds of heart-warming visits I was able to make throughout the Kingdom in these first ten years, with thousands of inspiring encounters. They made an unforgettable impression on me. Time and again, the Netherlands appears to be a country of enterprising and initiative-rich people who want to do good for and with each other, in connection with their neighbors, village, city, association or region.

It is the same deep connection that I felt again during my last visit to the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. I am firmly convinced that the social fabric of our society deserves protection. There is a great unifying force in everything that people achieve together in the small, the everyday, the ordinary. Connection is created where people come together. This is not self-evident, but requires continued attention and commitment from all of us.

Anyone who looks at Dutch society from the outside sees at first glance an attractive country with good facilities and a strong economy, embedded in powerful international structures that protect and bring prosperity. But behind that positive image lies the permanent task to continue working on equality of opportunity, social security and prospects.

Not everyone takes a decent house, good health and a safe home situation for granted. Not every child gets the same opportunities for a good future and not every resident of our country feels heard and seen. There is still discrimination and racist exclusion in society. That is also why the processing of the history of slavery will remain high on the agenda throughout the Kingdom, especially after this commemoration year. So that after recognition and apology we can work together on healing, reconciliation and recovery.

2. The necessary happens

The outgoing status of the cabinet inevitably means restraint in making new proposals. The state of government finances and rising interest costs also force greater financial caution than in recent years. There are topics that require decisiveness in any case: the poverty issue, the recovery for benefit parents, the handling of the earthquake damage in Groningen, MH17 and support to Ukraine. In addition, the outgoing cabinet and the parliament share the responsibility to continue working on the other policy areas that affect us all, such as the construction of sufficient housing and good education. You can count on the government being prepared to do what is in the national interest, of course in good consultation and close coordination with you.

This means, first of all, that the government is taking approximately 2 billion euros in purchasing power measures to ensure that poverty does not increase. To prevent families with the lowest incomes from lagging behind in purchasing power in 2024, the housing allowance will increase. To combat child poverty, the child-related budget will be increased. The Energy Emergency Fund will also be extended, so that people who can no longer pay their energy bills have a safety net. In addition, the employed person's tax credit will be increased next year, so that working pays more. Extra money will be made available for the Caribbean Netherlands to combat poverty.

The cabinet's outgoing status should also not cause any delays in the handling of the benefits affair and the earthquake damage in Groningen. The government is doing everything it can to restore the suffering caused to people and families as effectively and as quickly as possible. In the benefits file, parents are given more control and more choices, so that they can move on with their lives more quickly. The residents of the earthquake area can count on that the agenda of damage repair and reinforcement, social measures and economic perspective will be implemented in good consultation.

3. Ukraine

Russia's brutal violence against the Ukrainian people in its illegal war of aggression against a sovereign neighboring country shows that achievements that seemed certain to us for decades are not. A battle is raging on Europe's eastern border for fundamental democratic and rule of law values. This battle also affects our own safety and future. Many Dutch people feel and show themselves involved with the Ukrainians.

The support for support for Ukraine remains as high as ever. And that is important, because the longer this war goes on, the more urgent humanitarian, military and financial assistance to Ukraine is needed. The Dutch government, in close cooperation with EU and NATO allies, continues to do everything possible to ensure that Russian aggression stops and Ukrainians can live in peace and freedom again.
The Netherlands is home to the International Criminal Court and therefore feels a special responsibility for preparing for the trial of war crimes. Due to the great importance of a strong NATO and a strong defense apparatus, the government will continue with the planned additional investments in the armed forces. Our support and thanks go out to our soldiers who work on peace and security worldwide.

After the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European Union has shown that unity and geopolitical influence are an extension of each other. In a world of increasing threats and power politics, strengthened international cooperation is of great importance, both within the EU and with other like-minded countries, such as the United States. The Netherlands supports the principle of 'open strategic autonomy'. Europe must become less dependent on Russia, China and other countries. This applies, among other things, to energy, raw materials and medicines. That is as much a security issue as an economic issue.

4. International

The government is also working on economic resilience and reducing unwanted strategic dependencies in international trade policy. In the field of development cooperation, we focus on the root causes of poverty, terror, irregular migration and climate change. This not only contributes to achieving the United Nations' sustainable development goals, but also to stability and prosperity in the world.

Democracy, freedom and the rule of law are under pressure worldwide. Not only far away, but also on our own continent. It is all the more important that we cherish, protect and strengthen our own democratic constitutional state. It is unacceptable that organized crime undermines our society and infiltrates our streets, neighborhoods and businesses. Threats to journalists, lawyers, politicians and other guardians of the democratic constitutional state, from any angle, are unacceptable. This requires a continuous commitment to safety. For example, by stricter supervision of people in detention.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 19th, 2023 at 08:04:09 PM EST
A troubled Ajax organization drowns to unknown depth today

Half-time score 0-3 ... match stopped due to supporter violence

After the match between Ajax and Feyenoord was definitively stopped, the Mobile Unit intervened on Sunday afternoon. The police have used tear gas, supporters storm the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam. Outside the stadium, disappointed supporters had gathered at the main entrance. They shouted slogans such as 'Fu* Board' and 'We want to see Ajax'. The departure of technical director Sven Mislintat was also requested.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 24th, 2023 at 03:45:44 PM EST
Locked inside the visitor's dressing room for over an hour after the match was abandoned ...

Feyenoord celebrated their first half goals and 0-3 cushion.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sun Sep 24th, 2023 at 05:44:15 PM EST
[ Parent ]
by Oui (Oui) on Mon Sep 25th, 2023 at 10:53:41 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Omtzigt will enter the election campaign with a full slate of new, experienced candidates: 44.

Will participate in all districts and will campaign to become the largest party in Parliament to take the initiative in forming a new cabinet. For a new party an amazing Jo , building on many former colleagues in municipal, government and civil service positions from the Christian Democrats (CDA).

New Social Contract (NSC) of Pieter Omtzigt participates throughout the country, judge and NRC columnist on the list

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 26th, 2023 at 09:44:54 PM EST
THE HAGUE - Pieter Omtzigt is participating in the House of Representatives elections throughout the Netherlands, with a total of 44 candidates.

In addition to several former CDA members, there are more well-known names on the list of Omtzigts NSC (New Social Contract). For example, the recently departed VVD MP Folkert Idsinga is on the list (thirteenth place), as is NRC columnist Rosanne Hertzberger (seventeenth place). "There is no prime ministerial candidate yet," Omtzigt said.

After party leader Omtzigt, former CDA MP Nicolien van Vroonhoven is in second place, followed by Judith Uitermark - who worked as a judge until yesterday. Former CDA prominent Eddy van Hijum is at sixth: he previously reported that he will write the NSC election manifesto.

Former civil servant Sandra Palmen - who became known through an alarming document about the benefits affair - is number five. At number four is former ambassador Caspar Veldkamp.

[Source: De Telegraaf]

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Tue Sep 26th, 2023 at 10:01:48 PM EST
[ Parent ]
Forget tulips and windmills, the Netherlands is the dirty old man of Europe | Open Democracy - 27 Oct. 2021 |

The Dutch image of a progressive paradise is just good PR - you only have to look at its record on the climate

Progressives in the UK and US often seem to think that if we only had proportional representation all our political woes would be solved. But if the Netherlands is anything to go by, think again. After seven months of political wrangling and two failed votes of no confidence in 'caretaker' prime minister Mark Rutte, it's looking like the next Dutch cabinet will be made up of exactly the same parties as the last one. This is despite the fact that 71% of Dutch voters oppose carrying on as before.

[Rutte III re-invented as Rutte IV ... ]

German climate movement Letzte Generation will come to The Hague to join Extinction Rebellion

Why not ... the German provide their protest control water canons ... damn reminds me of 1940-45 Nazi occupation and Gestapo in my district.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Oct 4th, 2023 at 12:12:47 PM EST

Go to: [ European Tribune Homepage : Top of page : Top of comments ]